December Brain Teasers
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1st

You are a cook in a remote area with no clocks or other way of keeping time other than a four minute sandglass timer and a seven minute sandglass timer. (The kind you turn over - hourglass shaped) You do have a stove, however, with water in a pot already boiling. Somebody asks you for a nine-minute egg, and you know this person is a perfectionist and will be able to tell if you undercook or overcook the eggs by even a few seconds. What is the least amount of time it will take to prepare the egg? And how will you prepare it so that it is neither undercooked or overcooked?
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2nd

FOOD....

1. What food never goes bad by natural means?

2. A man named Tom walks into a restaurant for lunch. He asks the waitress if she is good at solving puzzles. She replies, "I am the best." So Tom says, "I'll have sausage and noodles drenched with ice cream, hashed. And if you bring me what I really want I'll leave you a $100 tip." A few minutes later she brought him exactly what he wanted, and he left her the large tip. What did Tom really eat for lunch?
Solution


3rd

Think of words ending in 'gry'. Angry and hungry are two of them. There are only three words in the English language. What is the third word? The word is something that everyone uses every day. If you have listened carefully, I have already told you what it is.
Solution


4th

I know what my job is,
The point has been made.
You say I have a big head,
And you're right, I'm afraid.
Put me in my place,
And then leave me alone.
What I need most,
Is someone to drive me home.
What am I?
Solution


5th

Two Series Puzzles

1. What are the next two letters in the following series and why?

W A T N T L I T F S _ _

2. What letter is next in the series?

U, D, T, C, C, S, S?
Solution


6th

1. A man named Stewart is traveling all over the world. First he travels to Cape Town in South Africa. Then to Jakarta in Indonesia. Then to Canberra in Australia. Then to Rome in Italy. Then to Panama in Panama. Where does he travel next?

2. Rhonda will go see ballet but not opera. Her favorite number is eight and she doesn’t like nine. She likes salmon but not trout. She hates Mondays but likes Wednesdays. Does she use a comb or a brush?

3. A man driving through the woods hit a rabbit. Quickly stopping his car he pours a bottle of liquid over the rabbit. The rabbit jumps up and walks back into the woods waving goodbye all the way. What was in the bottle?
Solution


7th


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8th

Is Math Fun?

1. When can you add 2 to 11 and get 1 as the correct answer?

2. If 7/28 of 64 is 16 and 9/12 of 100 is 75 and 3/9 of 33 is 11, what is 5/15 of 45?

3. Which three-digit number, made of consecutive digits, like 567, is 2 less than a cube and 2 more than a square?
Solution


9th

You've bought your weekly egg supply at the local farm store. The first morning you have company for breakfast and use half the eggs plus one-half an egg. The next morning you use one-half of what's left plus one-half an egg. The third morning you use one-half of what's left plus one-half an egg, and on the fourth morning, you're down to one solitary egg, so you make French toast. In all this cooking, you've never had one-half an egg to carry over to the next day. How many eggs did you buy originally?
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10th

1. Four people can sit at a table in twenty-four different arrangements. How many arrangements are possible for seating eight people?

2. Soon little Freddie will celebrate his tenth birthday. In 11 years Freddie will reach half the average age of his parents. His mother is only 17 years older than her son. How old are Freddie's father and mother.

3. Unscramble the following letters to form a word.
R E I A E T N S R A S B
Solution


11th

My head and tail both equal are,
My middle slender as a bee.
Whether I stand on head or heel
Is quite the same to you or me.
But if my head should be cut off,
The matter's true, though passing strange
Directly I to nothing change.
What am I?
Solution


12th

1. Homonyms are words that sound alike, though they are spelled differently. (Example: to, two, too) One pair of homonyms has meanings that are precisely opposite, and need not be stretched. What are the two spellings of this homonym?

2. Grandma sent Johnny some money for his birthday. Johnny spent all of it in five stores. In each store, he spent $1.00 more than half of what he had when he came in. How much money did he get from grandma?
Solution


13th

1. Tom is older than Sue, and Sue is younger than Mary, who is older than Tom. Who is the oldest of the three?

2. Who is your father's only son's brother's uncle's wife's daughter's brother's father's son?

3. A boat has a ladder that has six rungs, each rung is one foot apart. The bottom rung is one foot from the water. The tide rises at 12 inches every 15 minutes. High tide peaks in one hour. When the tide is at it's highest, how many rungs are under water?
Solution


14th

The song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' has many presents:

A partridge in a pear tree
Two turtle doves
Three french hens
Four calling birds
Five golden rings
Six geese a-laying
Seven swans a-swimming
Eight maids a-milking
Nine drummers drumming
Ten pipers piping
Eleven dancers dancing
Twelve lords a-leaping

Throughout the entire song, including all twelve 'verses', which present(s) shows up most often?
Solution


15th

I can help with special occasions,
Birthdays, Christmas, all celebrations.
You need scissors and sticky tape,
Brains and fingers.
Make sure you have something inside of it.
Solution


16th

Below are ten clues, each of which relates to the first line of a different Christmas carol or song. Can you figure out what songs they are?
1. CROAOF
2. IDOAWC
3. RTRNRHAVSN
4. GGROBAR
5. IHABCWY
6. ISMKSC
7. OTFDOCMTLGTM
8. FTSWAJHS
9. IBMBOJHSSOM
10. JBJBJBR
Solution


17th

Think about all the interesting fictional characters that are part of the Christmas season as you decode this cryptogram list.

LXAGGYD
AQMGBVE
UAL. XBKQL
SNOW SNU
SEADD TADOXE EDOL
SED YANOXE
XEKABND HAGJO
YDGAYD HKNBDW
MKLEDA
TAGLSW SED LOGJUKO
Solution


18th

Help Beethoven use these clues below to decipher these popular Christmas/Holiday tunes.
Example: A Triad of Monarchs
Answer: We Three Kings

1. Shiny gray chimes
2. Cherubim from areas of splendor
3. O petite metropolis where Jesus was born
4. The infant Saint Nick
5. It occurred on the bewitching hour
6. Chant we now of Jesus' birthday!
7. One little newborn
8. Seraphim we have perceived on elevation
Solution


19th

I have, in a sense, everlasting life.
My brothers grow old and brittle while I stay ripe.
I am greatly appreciated and adorned with jewels,
and my head has a crown, it's beautiful.
For most of my life I have braved cold, or heat,
but where I am taken it's always warm,
But my fame cannot last.
The jewels are taken off, along with my crown,
and I am shunned until my successor arrives
in one year.
Solution


20th

Christmas Letters

1. What is the last letter in this group?
DDPVCCD_

2. 12 D of C

3. 2 T D and a P in a P T

4. 2 F T = A I W for C
Solution


21st

I have, in a sense, everlasting life.
My brothers grow old and brittle while I stay ripe.
I am greatly appreciated and adorned with jewels,
and my head has a crown, it's beautiful.
For most of my life I have braved cold, or heat,
but where I am taken it's always warm,
But my fame cannot last.
The jewels are taken off, along with my crown,
and I am shunned until my successor arrives
in one year.
Solution


22nd

1. WHAT DOES ? THIS EQUAL BELOW
12=DD + 11=PP + 10=LL + 9=LD + 8=MM + 7=SS + 6=GL + 5=GR + 4=CB + 3=FH + 2=TD + 1=PPT = ?

2. True or False -- One Indiana town is called Santa Claus?
Solution


23rd

1. Dexter and Amy were cleaning up after a wonderful Christmas dinner.
"What a great day," Dexter said, "only 365 days until the next one."
"No, it's more," Amy corrected. How?

2. A woman enters into a party and a man kisses her on the lips. Suddenly, the woman's face turns blue, and she faints. Why?

3. When does Oct 31 = Dec 25 make sense?
Solution


24th

Follow the steps to change one string of letters to a different one. The starting string is NONSPEAKINGSOLDIER, and your clue for the ending string's pun is "Christmas!"

1) Eliminate all 15's.
2) Eliminate all 14's.
3) Remove the summit.
4) Change "DIE" into its antonym.
5) Change the last five letters to "the opposite of day".
6) Eliminate the second 19.
7) Eliminate the first 7.
8) Insert 5-14-20-11 between the 12 and the 14.
Solution


25th

Today's Brain Teaser is Courtesy of
Brainbashers.com


Santa always leaves plans for his elves to determine the order in which the reindeer will pull his sleigh. This year, for the European leg of his journey, his elves are working to the following schedule, that will form a single line of nine reindeer:

ReindeerComet behind Rudolph, Prancer and Cupid. Blitzen behind Cupid and in front of Donder, Vixen and Dancer. Cupid in front of Comet, Blitzen and Vixen. Donder behind Vixen, Dasher and Prancer. Rudolph behind Prancer and in front of Donder, Dancer and Dasher. Vixen in front of Dancer and Comet. Dancer behind Donder, Rudolph and Blitzen. Prancer in front of Cupid, Donder and Blitzen. Dasher behind Prancer and in front of Vixen, Dancer and Blitzen. Donder behind Comet and Cupid. Cupid in front of Rudolph and Dancer. Vixen behind Rudolph, Prancer and Dasher.

Can you help the elves work out the order of the reindeer?

© Kevin Stone [www.brainbashers.com]
Solution


26th

These words belong to the same logical family:
CALCIFEROUS
CUPELLATION
EDUCATION
LACTIFEROUS
OUTDISTANCE
PNEUMONIA

Which of these words does too?
ZYMOTICALLY
ABSTEMIOUS
UNAPOSTOLIC
MEDALLION
Solution


27th

After two years, Dave was stepping down from being the treasurer of a group of animal rights activists. To show him their appreciation a bunch of them took him out one sunny morning. Dave shot an eagle and everyone congratulated him. Where had they gone?
Solution


28th

What are these?

1st January 2010 800 x 600 pixels
1st January 2011 1280 x1024 pixels
1st January 2012 1600 x 1200 pixels
Solution


29th

Three people split a $30 dinner tab paying $10 each. They do not include a tip. As they are leaving, the manager realizes that they should have only been charged $25 for their meal. He gives a $5 bill to their waiter and tells him to refund their money. The waiter decides, since he was not tipped, to keep $2 and give the 3 people back only $1 each. The three people have now paid a total of $27 for their meal (the original $30 they paid less the $3 they just got back from the waiter) and the waiter has $2 that he kept, for a total of $29. If they originally paid $30 for their meal, where did the extra $1 go?
Solution


30th

Ten $5.00 bills, ten $10.00 bills and ten $20.00 bills are in a box.
A blind-folded person must remove the bills from the box. The contest ends when a person removes three same bills (example: Three $5.00 bills).
What is the most amount of money a person can remove from the box?
Solution


31st

Just for fun for your New Years Eve - Some Crazy Facts
Happy New Year from A FUN ZONE...


1. In the 1400's a law was set forth that a man was not allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have "the rule of thumb".

2. Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented.. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only*Ladies Forbidden"*and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

3. The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

4. Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.

5. Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.

6. Coca-Cola was originally green.

7. It is impossible to lick your elbow.

8. The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000

9. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

10. The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

11. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king in history:
Spades * King David
Hearts * Charlemagne
Clubs * Alexander, The Great
Diamonds * Julius Caesar

12. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

13. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural
causes.

14. Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?
A. One thousand

15. Q. What do bullet-proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?
A. All were invented by women.

16. Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
A. Honey

17. In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase "goodnight, sleep tight."

18. It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

19. In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts* So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down." It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's"

20. Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they
used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.


Don't delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it.

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